Karen's High Dose Chemo Diary
Long Time No Hear
To: "wellness" <
Subject: Long Time No Hear
From: "Harry Patterson" <
Date: Mon, 15 Mar 1999 05:57:27 -0500
Sorry for the long delay in posting to the list. First to the important news. Karen has been doing very well. She is now able to drive herself to her doctor's appointments and is spending more of the day awake than asleep. She still tires easily, as I expect she will for some time, but all in all she is doing very well. With Karen more self sufficient, her sister Lynn flew back to RI on Saturday. Lynn was a tremendous help, I don't know how we would have done it without her.
I have been extremely busy changing my web sites which included a major facelift for Womens-Wellness <http://www.womens-wellness.com>. If you haven't been there in a while, please check our NEW look. Over the next several months Karen and I will be changing the content we've been wanting to work on before her recurrence. Every area on the site will be updated with new material and reorganized for easier research. Remember to keep the list informed of any new advances concerning women. We have added some great content this way. The most recent example was a letter I received from Lynn Holzman from her insurance company concerning changes in insurance laws affecting women. One major change was the requirement of insurance companies to cover reconstructive surgery after mastectomy. There have been some great series on Good Morning America on women's health, perhaps some of you could update us on key topics they have covered which we might have missed.
We will be back to Duke next Sunday and Monday for Karen's check-up which will hopefully be her last up there. I sent an e-mail to Dr. Chao updating him on Karen and as always I had a response in less than a day. We will keep an eye out for patients that were there when Karen was going through treatment. Believe it or not some might still be there. "Normal" bone marrow treatments require a 60-90 stay (ouch).
Hope you all are doing well.